It's Christmas time! I'm avoiding bringing in a tree for as long as I can because then I'll have to clean up after it. It's a Wishbow tradition, for sure. I think I am taking after my Dad on this one.
However, because it is the first tree I'll have since I left good old Jersey I decided to make some ornaments that the cats couldn't destroy. I got so into them I made more that maybe other people might love.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, I regret leaving so many delicious leftovers back home in NJ. There were so many pies, you guys. I could have had breakfast pie for weeks.
I'm sure you've heard of all this Cyber Monday stuff, if you're so inclined I would really appreciate if you would throw some love my way. I would really like to put more money away so I can visit my parents more than one time a year. I have all these awesome painted glass pieces you can put pretty things in:
I'm on the road this week visiting all my East Coast buddies and family. I didn't want to post these because someone had their eye on them, but I can't resist. More gouache resists for you to lay your eyeballs on!
On sale at my store, if you have any ideas for more things like this please share!
I have a new piece for you! Plus some news, anyone in and around Indy may be familiar with First Fridays. Many studios and galleries around the city are open to schmucks like you and me to check them out. Nov 4th is the next one, and I'm going to be hanging work in Upland's space to show my stuff. There will be free beer and music, so even if you hate my guts it's totally worth it.
Thanks for lovely people and the decibel meter gods, I am now the 2011 Art vs Art champion!
She even sold, which is awesome. But I'm not going to lie, I would have loved to see her destroyed by a giant viking man with a weird battle axe. It was a great night, I went up against some fierce competition and nearly shat myself a few times because, jaysus, some of those paintings were really good. The final round was myself and a really rad gentleman named Devan Smith, who's giant squid painting had me shaking in my boots.
Thanks everyone, I'm happy to have that sparkly belt around my person.
Oranje went well, everyone! Thanks to all who came out. I now know what kind of directions to go in from here. They are directions I am very excited about.
These paintings were the hit of the party, for sure. I am hoping to do more of them! With all the digital stuff, which I love too, I sometimes pine for getting my hands dirty. What better way to get dirty than to get ink all over everything in my house? Kind of glad my cat is black because of that.
There will be more like this in the future, for sure!
Made this for the dude and me as sort of a anniversary thing. He introduced me to The Crane Wife album when we first met, and driving back and forth to his place it's what I mostly listened to. Whenever I hear it it makes me think of him. Shh, don't tell anyone I'm that mushy.
I mean, I did totally just make him a blood covered crane for christ sake.
I'm completely overwhelmed by how much is going on. Oranje is this weekend and I keep hitting snags with my booth. It'll get done. My back will be bent sideways due to stress, but it'll get done! I've been painting my ass off, I missed digital work. Hence the crane being digital. I love you, my computer.
Sorry I haven't been updating much, I've been very busy volunteering at the local art museum and getting ready for Oranje 2011. In the mean time, I made this lovely lady for Beast Every Week! Check them out, they're awesome and only getting better.
I kind of find fortune telling pretty interesting, I don't delve into it myself but I like reading about it and finding how it's evolved over time. Palmistry is pretty cool, especially since hands are so unique. I also have a weird thing for pink right now, so I made this guy:
I've gotten into the habit of picking up glassware from second hand places and painting on them. When I lived in NJ, lots of what I found was second hand Ikea stuff, not so much here in Indy. Sad, I miss finding that stuff. Here are some examples I just put up on Etsy. Expect more in the future, I already had one be sold!
I've said it once, and I'll say it again. Get that bitch a container. Bitches love containers. At least, I know for me it's one-hundred percent true. I've collected jars and cigar boxes as a child to keep things in. It's gotten no better as I get older, I tend to get cigar boxes and cool containers for keeping art fair display stuff and to keep who knows what around the house. Growing up where I did let me have four different IKEAs within 30 minutes no matter what direction you drove. I got. SO. MANY. BOXES.
I still love containers and boxes, so when I'm out and about at garage sales and goodwills, I tend to pick up boxes, vases, containers of all sorts to paint at a later date. I keep putting them aside, but I finally got my ass in gear and started painting them and playing. Now I have a few in my shop, expect more!
These two sets are originally IKEA, I wanted to keep them for my own use but I already have a disturbing number of containers in my kitchen, bathroom, and studio. So instead I'm letting you people have these lovely containters.
You can find them on Etsy, where I just put them up this afternoon.
The idea behind them is that you can china-marker, dry-erase, or whatever marker the contents in the little frames. I hate when my household items boss me around. I'd rather take charge and label them myself.
More of these kind of things to come, keep your eyes peeled.
I'm getting into a groove, I blame it on the summery weather, even though it's been all tornadoes and rain here the past week or so. Word to the wise, don't snuggle your cat who is made of 324% muscle when it's thunder and lightning out. When lightning strikes across the street, you will regret it. Claws everywhere.
In the mean time, I'm embracing lines again! I missed them, I missed playing with ink and I missed having to battle with tracing paper. I have a new print up to show my accomplishment with getting back to hitting the (ink) bottle.
I've also started a tumblr a while back not sure if you cats and chicks are into them, but I like posting things I find, new work, shit that lives around my house. All sorts of stuff. You can find that at http://wishbow.tumblr.com/
Hello, everyone! I have a bunch of new ideas brewing but it's hard to get to them. You see, we've been fostering kittens around these parts and at the moment we have 5 teeny tiny ones in addition to the two tank-cats that normally wander around the house. If I'm on the computer, there's a butt in my face and at least two more stomping on my keyboard doing all kinds of crazy things to my files.
Butts like this:
Messes like that: Killed all my baby cacti.
You should have seen me trying to do matting for the Handmade Promenade. Diiiiisaster. While making my little jotters with the paper guillotine I had to shut everyone away for fear of some living being in the house shedding blood. Man, oh man.
In the mean time I need to get up photos of glass and ceramic things I painted that were at the show in Indy last friday. Here's a crap photobooth'd one I took to show a friend. Expect this little dude on a print sometime soon. Maybe even a block print if I can get my act together.
But honestly with faces like this, it's hard to concentrate for long.
I will have a small table at the Curves in West Lafayette, IN tomorrow (May 11) from 9-12 if anyone is in the area. It's a small thing but I'd love to see some happy faces down there.